January 30, 2011

I’m realizing that during my trip I’ve come dangerously closer to resembling Clark Griswold than Jack Karoauc. For example, today I made a point of driving two hours out of my way to visit the four corners, the point where New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado meet. There is really nothing else around there besides dirt, tumble weeds, and cinder block vendor stations (one set in each state of course) where Navajo Indians come to sell their handmade goods to the tourists, which clearly gives it a real authentic feeling. I did get to take a four state jump picture, so I have that going for me.

Next up was Monument Valley Park just north of Arizona in Utah, or you might know it by its Navajo name of Tsé Biiʼ Ndzisgaii. This park falls within the Navajo Nation Reserve, which means that at every viewpoint you’ll find a member of Navajo Nation selling you more handmade crap crafts. The land is most famous for being used as the backdrop for numerous movies and TV show including famous westerns starting John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, MacGyver, City Slickers, and the all-time Hollywood classic, Back to the Future III. I don’t think The Lone Ranger was shot here, but I have a strange feeling that I found a retired Silver hanging out at the park (photo).

Day 11

Monument Valley, Utah/Arizona/Colorado/New Mexico.

#CrossCountryTrip

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